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Sosban & The Old Butcher's Restaurant

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Restaurants are awarded from 1 to 5 Rosettes for culinary excellence. One Rosette restaurants are highly recommended in a local area and five Rosettes have reached the pinnacle of culinary excellence at a world class level.

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Divertingly compelling cooking from a local hero

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At a glance

Tasting menu
Wines by the glass
Wheelchair access

Dining at Sosban is a hot ticket, and definitely not your everyday restaurant experience. There is only room for 16 souls at any one time and it only happens three evenings and one lunch a week. But once you’re inside you don’t have to do much but give yourself over to the prodigiously talented Stephen Stevens, who will serve up his no-choice menu at a fixed time. Allow four hours from start to finish. The one-time butcher’s shop on the high street has a rustic simplicity reflecting its former life, and it perfectly suits the modern mood. The procession of dishes displays amazing creativity, compelling visuals, and mightily impressive flavours. Reindeer moss is a stellar opening mouthful, rich with mushroom and fermented egg yolk, and your off, on to raw hand-dived scallop with ox heart, smoked broccoli and turnip. Next up, kale and chicken caesar, before you’re moving on to lamb’s tail with artichoke, leek and shrimp. Duck with beetroot, anise, yoghurt and mustard leaf follows. Rhubarb and custard gets a reappraisal when a crisp rhubarb sphere is filled with duck egg custard and hits of rhubarb from poached and freeze-dried fruit. This is the best kind of complex, creative cuisine and well worth the wait.

Opening hours

  • Closed: Christmas, New Year, January
  • Days closed: Sunday to Wednesday
  • Closed for lunch: Thursday to Friday
  • Lunch served from: 12.30
  • Lunch served until: 1.30
  • Dinner served from: 7
  • Dinner served until: 11

Chef

  • Chef(s): Stephen Stevens

Food and drink

  • Cuisine style: Modern
  • Wines under £30: 16
  • Wines over £30: 10
  • Wines by the glass: 7

Price guide

  • Tasting menu from: £94
  • Credit cards accepted

Accessibility

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Steps for wheelchair: 1

Additional information

  • Seats: 12
  • Off-site parking available: On street, car park

Getting here

A55 east, junction 9 straight on, Britannia Bridge. Exit A55 at junction 8a, right at T-junction A5 to Menai Bridge. At roundabout 2nd exit onto B5420. Left at crossroads, A545 High Street.

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